Infectious Disease Resilience

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0485
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

With last year's Ebola outbreak and this year's Zika Virus (which will not affect London), what preparations have been made to prepare London for future potential infectious disease outbreaks?

Answer

Answer for Infectious Disease Resilience

Answer for Infectious Disease Resilience

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Public Health England (London office) have well-rehearsed and embedded procedures for the management of infectious disease outbreaks which are used on a daily basis.  These arrangements are based on national frameworks with clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

The London Resilience Forum has a well-developed Strategic Coordinating Protocol which would be used to coordinate the response to a wide scale communicable disease outbreak in London.  This has been used to support the delivery of arrangements to deal with an Influenza Pandemic in London at Borough and Pan London levels.  Public Health England and NHS England (London) have been supporting the 33 Boroughs develop and exercise this capability.